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samedi 22 janvier 2011

If the World were a village

Since I first saw Jared Leto's pics of Haïti, I think a lot more about the "underprivileged" people who live on the same planet as me.
While rummaging around in the web, visiting charity associations websites in order to have a better understanding of their actions, I read something which staggered me : The global village.

What if I let you read what it is ? I won't make any comment today. There's no need to.

we could
reduce the world
population to a village of 100
people, keeping the proportions of
all the existing people on Earth, this village
would be made up of : 60 asians, 14 americans, 
14 africans, 12 europeans, 51 women, 49 men, 18 white,
82 non white, 33 christians, 67 non christians, 89 heterosexuals,
11 homosexuals. 20 people (men) would possess 8o% of the village 
and its wealth80 would live in shoddy houses, between 5 and 6 women 
would be raped, 67 people would be illiterate, 50 would suffer from denutrition,
5 children would work in slavery conditions, 2 people'd be near birth, 1 near death...
Can't take her sad expression out of my head.

"Take also the following into consideration :

If you have woken up this morning with more « health » than illness, you are luckier than the 1 million people who won’t be alive next week.

If you have never been in the danger of a battle, in loneliness, in prison, in the agony of torture, in the vise of hunger, you are luckier than 500 million people.

If you can go to the church without being threatened, tortured or jeered, you are luckier than 3 billion people.

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on, a roof above your head and a place where to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the inhabitants of the Earth.

If you have money at the bank, in your wallet and some change in a little box, you are among the 8% of the most blessed people of the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are an exceptionnally rare person.

If you are reading this message, you do not belong to the 2 billion people who do not read."


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